This will be a quick post and the “last” in the series of fostering begun last month. I am happy to report that Teddy (also known as Ch. Theodore Ruxpin of Midstreams Manor, voted Best-in-Deed by his new family) is adapting to his new home with us. Many of you may know that Teddy came to me as my second foster and never left!
When you foster a dog or a pup (or cat), you become the CEO, administrator and head bottle washer of your own personal shelter. No cages, no stress, no loneliness. You are offering the most home-like sheltering situation possible for a displaced, scared animal.
Through your time with your foster pet, you can see them blossom. You help with their training, assess their temperament and give them emotional and physical care they cannot receive in a crowded shelter facility and their placements in their adoptive homes work because they are the result of good matches. By taking a dog or pup out of one of those facilities, you are freeing up a spot so that another pet can have a second chance at life.
I hope to return to Fostering this summer. I have met some great humans in this process, too, and love to see the “Going Home” photos they post each time a family happily welcomes a new family member. I thank Lynne Fowler and her hardworking group, Oodles of Doodles Rescue Collective, in New Jersey for working with me. If you have become curious about Fostering, please feel free to contact me for referral.
The other day I saw a news story about something called, “Thank Dog Boot Camp,” http://www.thankdogbootcamp.com/ where humans and their dogs get a great work out together. I have seen similar programs, but I would love to see that offered here in Brick Township on one of our refurbished beaches or a place like Windward Park.
Recently I saw author Darlene Arden post about the work of scientists who are using dogs to detect cancer in humans. Years ago I interviewed a researcher at the Pine Street Foundation in San Francisco about their own work on this topic after watching a show about Portuguese water dogs that were being trained for cancer detection. Good stuff!
Congratulations to the state of New Hampshire on their progress made on behalf of man’s best friend! http://www.care2.com/causes/new-hampshire-is-a-zero-kill-state-will-your-state-be-next.html
All very exciting and further promoting the rich dog-human bond that benefits both in so many ways~
In closing, I share these words from Foster Extraordinaire, Jan Todd on her sensitive views on Fostering.
THEY COME AND THEY GO
Notes from a Dog Foster Mom
I am constantly being asked the question,” how do you foster dogs?” “I would have to keep them all.”
After fostering about 50 dogs in the past 4 years, I can truthfully answer, it’s not easy but it is so very heartwarming. I treat each foster as if they are my own. I love them but do not fall in love with them. Sometimes I’m a nurse for a doggie with a cold, sometimes I’m helping rehabilitate an abused dog, socialize traumatized pooch, or nurse an injured dog back to health. The length of fostering time varies per dog. I have had some for a week, others for months. Whatever the reason they are visiting with me, it’s to save a life. If foster parents didn’t step up many lives could be lost.
Have I ever been a “foster failure?” (A foster failure is what the world of fostering refers to when you adopt your foster.) I did adopt my once foster, Macie. She was paralyzed and all broken up, thought to never walk again. After months of surgeries, patience and most of all love, Macie now runs like the wind! Sometimes, there is one you just can’t let go.
When it is time for them to go, tears are always shed. These are tears that I do not regret shedding. Most all of time my fosters are on their way to their new adoptive homes so, a very large smile is always added to the tears. When my job is done, I’m ready for the next dog as there is always another one waiting for help.
They come and they go.
Thank you Jan.